Wednesday, December 5, 2012

9 Tips for Treating Dry Skin

In these cold dry winter months my skin is always so tight and dry feeling. It’s so uncomfortable and irritating, embarrassing too. Many people experience dry, itchy skin in these cold winter months.  I looked to’s Beauty Guide, Julyne Derrick, for some helpful tips and advice on how combat dry, itchy skin. Below are excerpts from a recent article she wrote on the subject.

Why Do I Suffer From Dry Skin in the Winter?
In winter, low temperatures, low humidity and strong, harsh winds deplete skin of its natural lipid layer, which keeps the skin from drying out. The dry air from furnaces and other heating sources also suck the moisture out of skin. To keep skin soft and supple, your goal is not to add moisture to skin, but to keep moisture in. 

Dry Skin Tip 1: Keep Water Lukewarm, Not Hot
Hot water robs skin of moisture causing dry skin, so it's best to shower in lukewarm water. If you can't bear this rule, try to keep your showers short and try showering only once per day. This also means skipping hot tubs.

Dry Skin Tip 2: Moisturize After Showers or Hand Washing
Your skin will tell you when it's dry. If your skin feels tight and taut, it's time to add moisture. There are so many tips to moisturizing skin that Julyne created an article on it.. Here is an excerpt from this article: "The Best Way to Apply Moisturizer":

Moisturizer is the key to soft, supple skin. Apply product when skin is slightly damp. For best effect, pat skin dry instead of rubbing with your towel before applying lotions or oils.
How to Keep Your Face Moisturized
I found that exfoliating is key to great skin, as is steaming. I took to (believe it or not), standing in the bathroom with the shower on (I was not in it, it is too hot) and absorbing the steam on my face. It works even better with a bowl of steaming hot water and a tablespoon of dried lavender in the bowl. With a towel over your head bend your face near the bowl and breathe in. Do this for as long as you can or until the water is not steaming anymore. This is also beneficial for breathing problems.
Instead of using a scrub to exfoliate your face try a wet wash cloth soaked in coconut oil (use a good brand).
 Wash it in a circular motion and it will moisturize and exfoliate at the same time. If you need a little bit more moisture at night consider using Aloe Shea Dream by Laura’s Lotions. It has Shea butter and Almond oil in it for uber moisture and Aloe vera and Vitamin E for healing.

Dry Skin Tip 3: Exfoliate on a Weekly or Semi-Weekly Basis

Your moisturizers will be so much more effective if you exfoliate first. To exfoliate your face, try coconut oil and a wet washcloth and rub in circular motion. For the rest of your body try a body scrub with Dead Sea salts or sugar blended with all-natural oils. Laura’s Lotions makes and carries a wonderful all natural Dead Sea Salt Scrub oozing with organic Olive Oil and Dead Sea Salts. Go to Laura's Lotions for an amazing body scrub. 

Dry Skin Tip 4: Invest in a Humidifier
The moisture in the air is actually good for your skin. If you have a room heated by a furnace, the moisture in the room can be as little as 10%. During these dry winter months try sleeping with a humidifier in your bedroom.
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Julyne says that your skin needs more than 30 percent humidity to stay properly moisturized

Dry Skin Tip 5: Skip the Drying Soaps

Soaps can be drying. Stick with a creamy moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin or petroleum. Never wash your face with soap. Try water instead and exfoliate once a week. You will never go back to soap again.

Dry Skin Tip 6: Baby Your Hands & Feet

Your hands and feet can suffer terribly from dry, itchy skin. Put on moisturizer and gloves BEFORE you head outdoors in the winter.
(PS. Laura’s Lotions has a variety of choices from sensitive to normal type skin. Click this link and try us!)

Dry Skin Tip 7: Don't Forget Your Lips

Licking your lips will dry them out not moisten them. Lips retain less moisture than other parts of the body, so they tend to dry out more quickly. A simple lip balm works wonders.

Dry Skin Tip 8: Protect Your Face Too

If you have very  sensitive skin, think about not using tap water, there are minerals that are especially drying to the skin (Dr. Dennis Gross says New York water contains a lot of harsh minerals, while Seattle water, for example, does not.) Try washing your face and neck and d├ęcolletage areas with bottled spring water.  (P.s you can rub a little of organic Coconut oil from the health food store. Apply it on your face rinse with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. If you are going to bed right away put a towel down on your pillow to keep it from getting a greasy stain.)

Dry Skin Tip 9: Consider Fish Oil Pills
Studies show omega-3 fish oil pills may soothe super dry skin. Patients, who took fish oils pills in a study reported in Allure magazine, saw significant results within a few weeks. "You can see, within six weeks, the skin, hair and nails improve markedly," according to skin expert Dr. Andrew Weil in Allure.
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I keep lotion on in the winter at all times. You would be amazed at what a improvement in your skin with just these few of these simple tips. Keeping your skin hydrated and healthy is one way to keep bacteria at bay. Stay healthy and hydrated this holiday season!

Happy Holidays!
Laura's Lotions

Friday, September 14, 2012

Oranges - They're not just for juice!

Sure oranges are known for being delicious as a drink, in dishes like orange chicken, or just by themselves. However, oranges also contain special aromatherapy properties when turned into essential oils.  Orange is a bright and uplifting scent and when infused into oil, it can help with depression, tension, stress, sleep-deprivation, colds and flu.

It is believed that when orange is used in a cream or lotion it also assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify congested skin.  Although orange is a good general skin tonic, it is great for older more mature skin, helping with dermatitis, acne and soothing a dry irritated skin. The general tonic affect of orange oil seems to stem from the action it has on supporting collagen formation in the skin, which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin.

At Laura's Lotions, we enjoy orange in our Creamsicle Orange lotion, made from orange essential oil, aloe vera, and organic olive oil.

Here are some great resources for orange essential oil information:
Happy Reading!
Laura's Lotions

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Pumpkin for your skin? Sure!

Fall is right around the corner, and the smell of pumpkin pie not far behind!
But you might want to think about using pumpkin on your skin and not just in your food.  It turns out that pumpkin seed oil is great for your skin for at least two different reasons - antioxidants and fatty acids.

Pumpkin seed oil includes the gamma-tocopherol form of Vitamin E, a known antioxidant.  Antioxidants guard your cells from molecules know as "free radicals" which come from various environmental sources and can lead to skin damage.

Pumpkin seed oil is also rich in certain fatty acids - palmitic, stearic, linoleic, and oleic acids.  Among other benefits, these substances aid in moisturizing and lubricating your skin and maintaining your skin's own natural oils.  (If you are interested in more of the chemical details, click here for an interesting article.)

Here at Laura’s Lotions, we have released the first of our new Fall lotions - Sweet Pea Pumpkin which contains natural pumpkin essential oil.  To celebrate, we are offering 30% off on all online orders (all lotions, not just pumpkin!) through 8/27.  Just visit the website and use coupon code pumpkin2012.

All the best!
Laura's Lotions

Sweet Pea Pumpkin

Friday, June 15, 2012

7 Benefits of Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil has been used for thousands of years as a moisturizer for skin, but this oil is in fact a liquid wax which has many other benefits for your skin.  Jojoba oil can be used with all skin types; it is even sensitive enough for your baby.
Here are 7 benefits of jojoba oil:
1. reduces general skin irritation
2. helps in healing diaper rash
3. eases sunburn symptoms
4. can help with eczema
5. aids in acne treatment
6. helps chapped skin
7. reduces inflammation

Here at Laura’s Lotions we use jojoba oil in several of our products including: Luscious Lavender, Heavenly Rose, Fancy Violet, Jasmine Gem, Lovely Lily, and Lilac Serenity.

For more information about nature’s pure moisturizer, visit these two great articles at

Happy Reading!
Laura's Lotions

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top 5 Uses For Aloe

When I started Laura’s Lotions last year, I began by researching and experimenting with the natural products I wanted to put into my lotions. I bought an aloe plant and I started putting aloe into my lotions, I read about aloe being able to heal cuts and burns so, I used it for those purposes as well. I learned that you can even rub aloe through your scalp to receive a shiny and healthy look to your hair. I always knew that aloe was used for healing the skin and that Cleopatra used aloe to keep her skin looking youthful, however I recently discovered that aloe can be used to help internally as well. Aloe Vera juice can be used to help aid digestion, relieve ulcers, arthritis and even rheumatism. Who knew that this one amazing plant could harvest so many health benefits for the human body. I will definitely be using aloe for years to come and hopefully you will too.
I use aloe in my sensitive skin care line. Sensitive Touch and Baby Balm are infused with this incredible medicinal plant.
Here is a link to a wonderful article which, discusses the many benefits of aloe vera:
 Happy Reading!

Laura's Lotions

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Natural vs. Traditional Sunscreens

For the past few months leading up to summer, I’ve been thinking about making a natural sunscreen for Laura’s Lotions. I’ve gone to grocery stores and natural food stores, comparing the ingredients in both natural and traditional sunscreens. I’ve also been researching online the basic ingredients for natural sunscreen and what percentages of these ingredients will help protect your skin from the sun most effectively. It would be great if every person would look at the back of a label so they would see what they were putting on or in their bodies, but not everyone thinks that way. I want to make sure Laura’s Lotions sunscreen will be safe and effective so, I will continue to research and develop this lotion. In the meantime, here is an article that discusses the benefits of natural sunscreens and gives insight about the ingredients of natural vs. traditional sunscreen.

'Natural' sunscreen: Better for you?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Essential Oils: the Most Natural Way to Relieve Stress and Relax Your Mind

Mother’s Day is almost here, every mom deserves to feel pampered and less stressed on her special day. Using essential oils is a great way to naturally relax, there are many ways you can use essential oils.  I, of course, prefer to use them in my lotions, but you can also enjoy them in the bath, put them in a foot bath, salt scrubs, on your pillow, on a light bulb, in a diffuser, in homemade soaps, and massage oils.
Here is a fantastic and educational article I found on managing stress and relaxation with aromatherapy:

Also: if you are interested in buying your own essential oils, first read this article about How to Identify the Best Aromatherapy Oils and Avoid Toxic Imitators.

Happy Reading!

Laura's Lotions